The Anacortes Arts Festival continues to have a year-round positive impact on the community. In addition to the Festival’s summer events that showcase creativity and innovation, there are a series of events in April that offer continued artistic celebration. The Festival’s events also have a big outcome for Fidalgo Island through the Giving Program. The Festival is committing to granting more than $52,500 in 2016 and continues to find ways to create even more opportunities to fund other art programs, public art, art education and as many creative opportunities for the community as we can.
Organizational Grants fund cultural performances for schools, public sculpture, weekly music at the Farmers Market and elsewhere, art workshops, dance and theater. For a full list of the most recent recipients of grants, visit our Grants page.
The Tommy Thompson Trail Mural Project is funded by the annual Art Dash with partner City Parks & Recreation.
Anacortes Collects Program partners each year with a local organization to purchase artwork from our fine art exhibit at the Port for their public spaces.
The Festival’s Spring Fest events raise money for the Anacortes School District’s Cultural Education Series, school art programs and public art. Last year, in addition to funding the Cultural Education Series, the Festival brought Art for the Sky to the elementary schools and commissioned two new bike racks in town.